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WTA's hiking guide is the most comprehensive database of hikes in Washington, and comprises content written by local hiking experts and user submitted information. All data is vetted by WTA staff. This resource is made possible by the donations of WTA members.

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Results List

62 Hikes
Lyle Cherry Orchard

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
6.5 miles of trails
Gain: 1050 ft.
Highest Point: 1100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.71
(7 votes)
This little-known gem of a hike on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge offers spectacular views of the Columbia River, amazing spring wildflowers and an old garry oak forest of gnarled old trees. This stunning preserve is owned by the Friends of the Columbia Gorge and tops out in an old cherry orchard with a few surviving trees.
 
 
Coyote Wall - The Labyrinth Loop

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
7.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 1250.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.20
(5 votes)
This year-round hike offers great views of the Columbia River Gorge along with enchanting stands of oak, cascading waterfalls, dramatic basalt outcroppings, and profuse wildflowers in the spring. Often sunny here while raining in Vancouver, it is a great place to hike while waiting for snow to melt at higher elevations.
 
 
Beacon Rock State Park - Hardy Ridge

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
9.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1860 ft.
Highest Point: 2700.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
The Hardy Ridge hike makes use of the old logging roads that wind through the backcountry or the park north of Highway 14. These routes are closed to vehicles but open to equestrians, mountain bikers and hikers. A WTA built single-track trail traverses the ridge offering a wide vista of the Columbia River Gorge.
 
 
Beacon Rock State Park - Hamilton Mountain

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
7.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 2400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.32
(22 votes)
This hike is full of the best things the Columbia Gorge has to offer: easy access and parking, well-maintained trail, wildflowers galore, two waterfalls, and views to knock off your sweaty socks. It’s a long journey at about 7.5 miles, and steep in places, but nothing a healthy dog, child or senior citizen can’t do. You’ll meet all of these smiling folks on this hike during the peak seasons.
 
 
Grassy Knoll

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1048 ft.
Highest Point: 3648.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
Take a short, heart-rate-elevating climb to a former fire lookout site with extensive views of the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon, and the Silver Star Scenic Area.
 
 
Dog Mountain

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2800 ft.
Highest Point: 2948.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.32
(31 votes)
The stunning views and unparalleled springtime flowers make this one of the most popular hikes in the Gorge. On a good day, you can get a bird’s eye view of Mount Hood and the Columbia River. In the spring the top is carpeted with vibrant yellow balsam root. Although the trail is steep and sometimes crowded, this hike is unquestionably worth the effort.
 
 
Cape Horn

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
7.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 1350.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.89
(18 votes)
This rugged hike is bound to become a classic, if it isn’t already. The full trail loop provides fantastic views of the Columbia River Gorge, an intimate look at the Cape Horn Falls and a challenging workout as it climbs and descends the rocky slopes of Cape Horn.
 
 
Beacon Rock State Park - Bridge Trail

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
1.0 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
2.33
(3 votes)
This approximately one mile trail provides a link between the East Hardy Ridge Trail and the Upper Hardy Creek Trail to providing multiple loop options in the backcountry of Beacon Rock State Park. With its majestic bridge across Hardy Creek, lush evergreen forest and enchanting stream crossings, it is a worthy destination in itself.
 
 
Beacon Rock State Park - River To Rock Trail

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 280.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
From the Moorage at Beacon Rock State Park this short connector trail climbs through tall Douglas-fir trees, through the site of an old homestead and Filbert Orchard, then past Ridell Lake on its way to the namesake Rock. Its a great hike for people who arrive at the park by boat or for anyone wanting to make a longer hike of the 1.0 mile Beacon Rock Trail.
 
 
Lower Falls Creek Trail

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 1410.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.80
(10 votes)
Discover a waterfall utopia with triple the falls and a wonderful place to put down your pack, enjoy some snacks and snap some incredible photos.
 
 
Columbia Hills State Park - Stacker Butte

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1150 ft.
Highest Point: 3200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
If your car can take the chassis-rattling drive to the Stacker Butte trailhead, you'll be rewarded with one of the most gratifying views-per-mile hikes in Washington. The Columbia Hills Natural Area Preserve boasts spreading views of the east side of the Columbia River Gorge, both in Washington and Oregon, and provides one of the only protected areas for houndstongue hawkweed and Idaho fescue grasslands. These protected plants need mininmal disturbance, so it's especially important to stay on trail and four-legged hiking companions have to stay home from this hike.
 
 
Weldon Wagon Road

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
5.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1290 ft.
Highest Point: 1900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(3 votes)
Oregon white oak woodlands with open ridgetop meadows, wildflowers, and views of the White Salmon Valley make this a delightful hike that is off the beaten track.
 
 
Beacon Rock State Park - Hadley Trail

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
1.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 175 ft.
Highest Point: 750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Here's an ADA-accessible forested trail just over half a mile long in Beacon Rock State Park that takes you to a lookout point for Bonneville Dam and the Columbia Gorge. It can also connect you with the Hamilton Mountain Trail from the Beacon Rock Campground.
 
 
She-Who-Watches

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
 
Due to vandalism to this native peoples' spiritual center in the 1990s, Washington State Parks closed the pictograph and petroglyph area to public entry. Access is now by guided tour only. Reservations are required; contact Columbia Hills State Park.
 
 
Beacon Rock State Park - Beacon Rock

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 600 ft.
Highest Point: 848.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(15 votes)
9/12/21: Beacon Rock Trail is closed until further notice due to bridge damage.
Beacon Rock's native name is "Che-Che-op-tin," which translates to "the navel of the world." Native Americans weren't far off in their comparison, since the 848-foot basalt column once formed the core, or belly, of an ancient volcano.
 
 
Catherine Creek Loop

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This route at Catherine Creek takes hikers past a natural arch and into the higher country around the meadows at Catherine Creek.
 
 
Goldendale Observatory State Park

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This unique state park houses one of the largest public observatories in the nation. Visitors can peer through the lens of this telescope to view solar shows and magical glimpses of the night sky.
 
 
Pacific Way Trail

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
2.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 20 ft.
Highest Point: 20.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Take this wide, graveled path to get a quick dose of nature near home.
 
 
Che-che-op-tin Trail

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 10 ft.
Highest Point: 25.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Hike around a paved trail in a former cattle ranch at the base of the core of an ancient volcano.
 
 
Brooks Memorial State Park

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
5.0 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
This state park has more than nine miles of trails that wind through a forest of Ponderosa pine and Oregon white oak in the Simcoe Mountains near the Columbia River Gorge. Some trails take you up to meadows with wildflowers in the spring and views of Mount Adams, Mount Hood and even Mount Jefferson on a clear day.
 
 
Klickitat Rail Trail

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
31.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 1550.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
 
Hop aboard for an early-season wildflower bloom amid remote terrain and open air. At a healthy clip or a slow meander, this rail trail is fun at any speed!
 
 
Augspurger Mountain - North

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 3667.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
Find spring wildflowers and one of the best ridge hikes in the Gorge; just be prepared for a difficult drive to get there. While Dog Mountain to the south is crowded, you’ll have these sweeping vistas to yourself. WTA volunteers have put in many hours to improve this trail.
 
 
Sams Walker Nature Trail

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
1.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
Take a mile-long stroll along a gravelled trail through abandoned farm fields. This trail is barrier free, and trail maintenance WTA is performing will greatly improve it, making it more wheelchair friendly in the future.
 
 
Coyote Wall - Moab/Maui Loop

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
3.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 850 ft.
Highest Point: 900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
The Maui Loop is more of an adventure than a hike. You get to go up, over and around mogul-like mounds peppered with volcanic rock, explore the upper rim of Coyote Wall, and descend a grassy slope with uninterrupted views of the Colombia River Gorge. In the spring there is a steady progression of wildflowers, making this an especially good early-season hike.
 
 
Catherine Creek - Natural Arch

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
2.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 250 ft.
Highest Point: 500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
This family-friendly classic hike has perhaps the most photo ops per mile than any other hike in the Gorge. You can check out a natural rock arch, see a variety of terrain, take in sweeping views of the Columbia River, and enjoy early-spring wildflower displays.
 
 
Augspurger Trail

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
15.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4400 ft.
Highest Point: 3000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.75
(4 votes)
The Augspurger Mountain Trail offers a great loop option to the popular Dog Mountain Trail. The two trails share the same trailhead, but the Augspurger trail heads off to the west. The way is more gentle, and a 1.5 mile connector trail links the two together. Along the way, enjoy bouncy balsamroot blooms in May and fantastic views of the Columbia River Gorge, Mount Hood and more all year round.
 
 
Whistle Punk Trail

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 1200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
In logging's heyday, whistle punks were men tasked with operating the signal that let other loggers know a log had been hooked up and was ready to be moved. Using interpretive signage, this trail illustrates what was like to be on a logging show, from the crew, to the cook, to camp.
 
 
St. Cloud

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 50.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(3 votes)
The St. Cloud Day use area features a ½ mile ADA accessible pathway that meanders through an old orchard that was the site of a homestead ranch from the turn of the century.
 
 
Klickitat Rail Trail - Swale Canyon

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
13.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 450 ft.
Highest Point: 1550.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.67
(3 votes)
The Klickitat Rail Trail is a 31-mile rails-to-trails conversion managed by Columbia Hills State Park. This linear park goes from Lyle to Warwick (on the Lyle-Centerville Highway) with several access points along the way. Swale Canyon lies on the eastern end of the trail and offers a quiet canyon, a burbly creek, wildflowers and solitude.
 
 
Columbia Hills State Park - Crawford Oaks

Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - WA

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
This trail in Columbia Hills is one of three excellent destinations in this location. Do an out-and-back, or a loop hike! Visit in winter for great views of the Columbia River and Mount Hood, or in spring for a stunning wildflower show.